Monday, October 5, 2015

Imma Put In Work

Email written: 10/5/15

Well as yall probably already figured out, last week was a real downer. I was still bummed all day last P-day. Then on Tuesday morning in studies I read Moroni 9:6

 ´´Y ahora bien, mi querido hijo, pese a su dureza, trabajemos diligentemente; porque si dejamos de obrar, incurriremos en la condenaci├│n. Porque tenemos una obra que debemos efectuar mientras estemos en este tabern├ículo de barro, a fin de vencer al enemigo de toda rectitud, y dar reposo a nuestras almas en el reino de Dios.´´

or in English:

 And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.

So that was a wake up call to stop feeling bad and keep working. We did divisions on Tuesday and Thursday and both times I stayed in the area. We tried to talk to a ton of people and that started to build the confidence back.Friday we had interviews with President and he gave me a lot of counsel and motivation to keep going. The thing that he said that has stuck with me the most was ´´You can not judge God. You have to trust him. Pray every morning to prepare yourself to do His work in Soldati. If you have 1 seed to plant, then plant that seed. If you have 20 baptisms then go baptize. This is Elder Hatch´s finest hour and you might have to carry him on your shoulders to the end.´´ The interviews ran late and it is a 2 hour trip back to our area so we only had 3 hours to work. Then Elder Hatch said ´´´Alright. We have 3 hours to find people or I am not baptizing the rest of my mission´´ We baptize when someone has 3 church attendances, and we had 3 Sunday´s left. I was reminded of the Boise State/Oklahoma game from years ago, when Boise State was making one final drive to try to win. And I still remember the broadcaster saying ´´This could very well be the last play of his college career´´ and then Boise State pulled some miracles to win. And that´s what we were going to do. We have a few possibilities, but we have to see today.  We have talked to so many people and we are going to work right up until Elder Hatch leaves. I still 
don´t fully understand why I´m in Soldati, or why I´m even in Argentina, but that´s where faith comes in right?

Soldati Zone - Argentina, Buenos Aires North Mission

Other than that, conference was really good. I think partly was because it was the first time I watched all 4 sessions and took notes. It was incredible to see and hear from a prophet and apostles because we tell people all the time we have them as a blessing for us. If you missed any of it, go back at watch/listen.

Thank you for all the emails, support, prayers, and love. 

-Elder Steele

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